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Top Tickets: September 19-25

This week, celebrate an East Bay cultural institution, take the kids to the theater, enjoy live music, and more.

Courtesy of OMCA


Friday Nights at OMCA: Hella Big 50th Birthday Party

9/20 Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Oakland Museum of California with free gallery admission, music from the Golden State Warriors’ official DJ, a toddler dance party, custom fortune cookies, and more. museumca.org.



Where the Mountain Meets the Moon / Bay Area Children's Theatre


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

9/21-10/27 The Bay Area Children’s Theatre heads to the Berkeley Theater Center to present an original stage production inspired by Grace Lin’s Newbery Honor book. The show tells the journey undertaken by Minli and her new dragon to visit the Old Man of the Moon and bring better luck to her family. bactheatre.org.



Lafayette Art, Wine, and Music Festival

9/21–9/22 Possibly the biggest annual festival in Contra Costa County, the extravaganza in downtown Lafayette attracted more than 85,000 people last year. This year’s event offers close to 20 wine and beer booths, 300-plus arts and crafts stops, four stages, and three areas for kids. lafayettefestival.com.



Smuin Ballet

9/20–9/21 The San Francisco–based Smuin Contemporary Ballet performs two shows at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. The program includes a country-Western selection paying tribute to Johnny Cash, a Dave Brubeck jazz-infused main-stage premiere, and a ballet set to the celebrated choral work “Carmina Burana.” smuinballet.org.


Brandi Carlile / The Greek Theatre


Brandi Carlile

9/22 After tickets for Carlile’s show at Berkeley’s The Greek Theatre on September 21 sold out, the artist and venue provided a second chance for fans to see the Grammy winner behind By the Way, I Forgive You perform live. The show is sure to include hits “Raise Hell” and “The Joke.” thegreekberkeley.com.



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